Campaigning is underway in Mt Albert. Looks like it will be a very different kind of by election:
Labour and Greens gear up for Mt Albert by-election
The Mt Albert by-election campaign will be a chance for Labour and the Greens to show they can work together, says Labour’s candidate for the seat, Jacinda Ardern.
While National has decided not to put up a candidate, the Green Party’s transport spokesperson, Julie Anne Genter, will contest the seat.
Ms Ardern said she wasn’t disappointed by that decision.
She said the campaign would be a chance to show voters how the relationship between Labour and the Greens could work in future.
“We [Ms Genter and I] talked about the fact that we want to use this as an opportunity to model the kind of relationship we’ll have in government.
“There’ll be differences that people will see out on the campaign trail, but we’ll be focusing on our own policies, our own ideas, but also modelling a great relationship.”
All the best to both candidates.